FPL's Fort Myers Project Gets Green Light
Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) said Thursday it received
approval of its final construction permits to restructure the Fort
Myers power plant and will begin work at the site immediately.
Generation from the $500 million project (called a "repowering"
project) will be phased in beginning in early 2001 with
combined-cycle conversion complete by mid-year 2002.
Repowering entails replacing 1950s technology with
combined-cycle combustion turbines as well as switching the fuel
source from oil to gas. Once the work is complete, the plant will
have triple the electrical output, enabling FPL to serve more than
300,000 homes and businesses in the future, compared to the present
Approvals granted included a Lee County Developmental Order and
U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers project approval. Construction
approvals also were granted by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
and the Florida Department of Transportation.
The approvals are not only significant for FPL, but also to
Florida Gas Transmission (FGT). The two companies formed an
alliance last October, in which FGT agreed to build the pipeline
for the new plant.
FPL expects to need more than 180 MMcf/d of additional gas
supply as well as about 100 miles of new 24- or 30-inch diameter
pipeline. The Fort Myers plant is the first of four projects slated
to expand FPL's generating capability by 20% over the next 10 years
to meet customer growth in Southwest Florida and elsewhere.
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